Learn how to make simple syrup for cocktails so your drinks come out perfect every time.
With just two ingredients, you'll achieve a syrup that will turn your homemade drink into a bar-worthy cocktail!
What is Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is a thick, sweet liquid used to sweeten cocktails made with two ingredients: water and sugar.
Heat is needed to dissolve the sugar into the water and turn it into syrup. This sweet liquid is added to cocktails and drinks to add sweetness and can be flavored.
Simple Syrup for Cocktails
Adding simple syrup while mixing up a cocktail is the best way to sweeten any drink since it mixes well without separation.
Syrups are also a great way to flavor cocktails: make them spicy, add tang, make them herbal-flavored, and more.
Ingredients for Simple Syrup
This recipe couldn't be any easier to make. You seriously just need two easy ingredients! Here are the ONLY things you'll need:
- water: water is the base for the simple syrup. Tap or filtered.
- sugar: granulated, white sugar is what you need here.
How to make Simple Syrup for Cocktails
You'd think that water and sugar would mix easily, and they do, but it needs to be heated first!
To make simple syrup you'll need to:
- Heat the water
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, heat up water.
- Add the sugar
Just before the water boils, when bubbles begin to form, add the sugar, and with a rubber spatula, mix to dissolve the sugar into the water. Once dissolved, turn off the heat immediately.
- Cool it down
Let the syrup cool down to room temperature before using or storing.
Transfer syrup into a glass jar with the help of a funnel and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Ratio for Cocktail Simple Syrup
Traditional cocktail simple syrup has a 1:1 ratio between sugar and water.
Rich Simple Syrup (2:1 ratio, sweeter)
Instead of the traditional one part sugar to one part water, rich simple syrup is thicker and sweeter and it's made with a 2:1 sugar to water ratio following the same process.
Many bartenders and home cocktail enthusiasts prefer to use rich simple syrup because of the rich syrup’s thicker texture. It can add a little more body and mouthfeel to your cocktails.
Can I Use Sugar Instead of Simple Syrup to Sweeten a Cocktail?
No matter how much you shake a cold cocktail, sugar will not dissolve in your drink. Undissolved granules will sink to the bottom of your drink leaving you with a less-than-optimal alcoholic drink.
How to Store Simple Syrup
Once cooled, refrigerate simple syrup in a glass jar for up to 3 weeks.
Simple Syrup for Cocktails
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- In a small saucepan, over medium heat, heat up water.
- Just before it boils, when bubbles begin to form, add the sugar into the hot water, and with a rubber spatula, mix to dissolve the sugar into the water. Once dissolved, turn off the heat immediately.
- Let the syrup cool down to room temperature before using or storing.
- Transfer syrup into a glass jar with the help of a funnel and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.